My name is Dr. Denise Alvarado-Wirtz. Because my name tends to be a bit of a mouthful, I generally go by Dr. Denise or Dr. Wirtz for simplicity – with “Dr. Weirdz” being my online moniker in Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The “Weirdz” of Dr. Weirdz (and Weird Sex Ed, Inc.) is a play on my surname, not my approach to sex education.
Professionally, my background is rooted solidly with more than 20 years in the health care field, in both clinical and administrative roles. In the early days of my career, I worked as a Medical Assistant in pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology primarily. Later, I shifted out of clinical work and into administrative and leadership roles, which was more closely aligned with my academic pursuits.
Academically, most of my degrees are in business (information systems, human resources, and management/organizational leadership). Although my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are all in business, my professional focus largely remained in the health care arena, save for a two-year period during which I worked for a government contracting company as a technical writer and editor. After my time with that company, I used those skills as a technical writer and editor independently for health care organizations implementing medical technology, such as handheld devices for prescriptions.
During my doctoral studies, my research and dissertation focus was on parental perspectives of contributing factors to female teens contracting sexually transmitted infections. In 2015, I decided to purse a post-doctoral law degree (Executive Juris Doctor) with a concentrated pathway focused in Health Law. Toward the end of my law school experience, I joined the team of Concierges with My Secret Soiree as a sex education concierge, providing sex education workshops and soirees for individuals, couples, and small groups. Additionally, I am SAR trained (though not yet certified, which is a future focus). Finally, at the beginning of 2018, I earned my Harvard Bok Teaching Certificate.
This combination of professional and academic knowledge and experience make me uniquely qualified as a sex educator. I possess a broad spectrum of knowledge specific to business generally, health care specifically, and sex education-specific information geared primarily toward parents (though I provide sex education to adults in an all-inclusive format). Uniquely in this field, I also hold a law degree , and made it a point of my legal studies to understand not only the law and ethics of business and education, but focused specifically on health law with the express purpose of understanding the intersection between those areas of law and human sexuality education.
On a more personal level, I am very happily married with children ranging from 8 to 25 years. I love to cook (though the clean-up, not so much). I enjoy reading and writing poetry and prose. I also occasionally enjoy dipping my toes into the waters of political discussion.